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12:40 AM ET, January 12, 2009


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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber: ‘I think media should be abolished’ from reporting on war.»  —  Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” is currently in Israel covering the war for the conservative site  When asked what he has learned from his new experiences as a journalist …
Shelly Paz / Jerusalem Post:
Joe the Plumber is here, and he ain't happy  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher of Ohio, aka Joe the Plumber, arrived in Sderot at noon Sunday to show local and foreign reporters how to do it right.  —  “You should be ashamed of yourself,” he told foreign reporters.  —  “You should be patriotic …
Discussion: Power Line
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
Joe the Plumber Reports from War: “Media shouldn't report on war”  —  Please, God, let Joe keep representing the voice of conservative American media in war zones around the world.  Here's a direct quote from Joe—who's currently reporting from just outside Gaza: … The AP has the video:
Obama's Cheney Dilemma  —  Cheney pushed for expanded presidential powers.  Now that he's leaving, what will come of his efforts?  The new president won't have to wait long to tip his hand.  —  From the magazine issue dated Jan 19, 2009  —  Dick Cheney, who will step down as vice president on Jan. 20 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's allegedly “new” centrism and his ABC interview today  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  The central tenets of the Beltway religion — particularly when a Democrat is in the White House — have long been “centrism” and “bipartisanship.”
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Will Obama Provide Clintonism Redux?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Establishment Dicks
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Gitmo Likely Won't Close in His First 100 Days
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bush: I Personally Authorized Torture Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed  —  In an interview with Brit Hume that aired today on Fox News Sunday, President Bush admitted that he personally authorized the torture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  He said he personally asked “what tools” …
Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age  —  The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science.  Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm …
Sources: Voinovich to retire from Senate  —  From CNN's Dana Bash, Ed Henry and Mark Preston  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sources close to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, tell CNN he will announce Monday he is retiring from the Senate.  —  The 72-year-old senator and former Ohio governor …
Discussion: MyDD
Jewish Odysseus:
GERMAN “POLICE” JOIN JEW-HATING MUSLIM MOB  —  Only one word comes to mind as I read and watch this: UNBELIEVABLE.  —  Wow.  In Germany.  Wow.  —  I read this story at the excellent Gaza war-posting blog, “Muqata,” and I was just able to dig up the vid on YouTube...It is obviously the same episode.
Discussion: TigerHawk and PoliGazette
New Yorkers for Hamas  —  I was in New York this afternoon with the TigerHawk Teenager for a college interview.  Walking down 7th Avenue toward Penn Station, we happened across a large pro-Hamas demonstration that stretched for four blocks or so along the east side of the avenue.
Discussion: Berman Post
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Paul / Power Line:
A WAKE-UP CALL IN LIBERAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND  —  The leaders of Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live, have for years pledged not to enforce the nation's immigration laws.  Any jurisdiction that elects such leaders deserves the consequences.  —  According to the Washington Post …
Discussion: Washington Post
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Big changes to Obama stimulus plan  —  President-elect Barack Obama tried Sunday to shore up support in Congress for his ambitious economic policies, with his top advisers offering concessions on his economic-stimulus proposal and preparing to detail conditions for how the incoming administration …
Dahlia Lithwick / New York Times:
Forgive Not  —  INSTEAD of looking closely at what high-level officeholders in the Bush administration have done over the past eight years, and recognizing what we have tacitly permitted, we would rather turn our faces forward toward a better future, promising that 2009 and the inauguration …
NY Daily News:
Coulter addresses voting issue  —  Conservative scold Ann Coulter knows how this country should be run.  She may not be quite as clear about where she's supposed to vote.  —  The brassy pundit is facing new questions about whether she violated election laws.
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis:
GW Bush on “known killers”  —  I listened to Britt Hume interview the two Bushes on Fox News Sunday.  It was less than inspiring, but informative of the mentality of these three men.  At one point one of the bushes referred to the Oval Office (in which they were standing) as a “shrine of democracy.”
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Embrace  —  Jim Henley offers a provocative thought:
Fox News:
Senator Asks Smithsonian to Change Text Next to Bush Portrait  —  Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says language next to president's portrait is misleading because it says the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks led to the war in Iraq.  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: Don Surber, RedState and Sister Toldjah
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Bad Economy May Fuel Hate Groups, Experts Warn  —  Experts Warn That Downturn Could Drive Discontent, Help Extremists Recruit  —  For 20 years, Bart McIntyre has tracked white supremacist movements, even spending two years undercover in Alabama to penetrate a violent young band of criminals …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Hail to the Faux Chief We Have Chosen as Rehearsal Stand-In
Discussion: James Fallows
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I'm live-blogging The Golden Globes.
Jason Keyser / Associated Press:
Rights group: Israel uses incendiary bombs in Gaza
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Impolitic
‘This Week’ Transcript: Barack Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Francesca Segal / Guardian:
Francesca Segal on how antisemitism means she no longer feels safe in Britain
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Searching for Stimulus Opponents
Paul Watson / Los Angeles Times:
Behind the lines with the Taliban
Discussion: Corrente and On Deadline
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
At McDonald's, the Happiest Meal Is Hot Profits
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John / Power Line:
Manufacturing Disaster  —  It is commonly said that by storing weapons …
Discussion: The Corner
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Eight Years of Madoffs
Discussion: and QandO